Helping Arrowtown: Flanking the new Arrowtown Community Centre defibrillator are, from left, Arrowtown rugby player Lorenzo Chambers, 18, community response group member Nicolet Spice and Hugo Charitable Trust chair Mark Owens and CEO/trustee Aoibheann Monaghan

A life-saving heart defibrillator has been donated to the Arrowtown Community Centre by local-based Hugo Charitable Trust.

The idea came from Arrowtown Community Response Group member Nicolet Spice.

In conversation with Hugo trust founder Maryanne Green and her husband, trust chair Mark Owens, she told them the council-owned centre would be the coordination centre in the event of a local emergency.

But, from doing a check-list, she’d realised the centre didn’t have a defibrillator.

In a heart beat, Greene and Owens, whose trust already donated to Spice’s group, agreed to donate one.

The $6000 defib has subsequently been attached to an outside wall so the public can access it.

It’s linked to the internet, for status reporting, and is in a heated, frost-protected container.

Spice says it’s handily placed as the centre and adjacent Jack Reid Park are used by the Arrowtown Rugby Club and other community groups, while it could also be useful for nearby residents.

There’s also a nice link for Green and Owens given their grandson Lorenzo Chambers plays for the Arrowtown Premiers rugby side.

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